I finally watched Bird Box. I read the book last fall in anticipation of watching the movie when it came out on Netflix, but never got around to it until now. It isn’t terrible, but I really think that due to the nature of the evil in the film, it is really much better in book format then movie. My actual rating is more like 3.5 stars… but I can’t do 1/2 stars.
The brief synopsis of both book & film is that there are some type of entity or monster that causes the person who sees it so much fear that they are driven to kill themselves. However, we never actually see what the person who kills themselves ever sees. It is all left to the imagination. This is a fantastic concept for a novel, however as an adaption into film, I’m on the fence. As much as I wanted to know in the book what the hell people were seeing to cause them to commit suicide, that urge to know what was the cause is even stronger when you watch. And maybe that is the whole point. I was pulled into story that doesn’t rely on all jump scares or gore. And with Sandra Bullock & John Malkovich leading the cast, it is also a well acted film.
Side note that I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie, for several reasons. #1 The book is always better then the film (The Mist is the only exception to this rule.) #2 Josh Malerman is a very talented writer & delivers in my opinion a much more terrifying story. #3 As the medium is visual, you expect to see something. Not actually seeing the evil can be terrifying in a film (Signs is a fantastic example). However, I don’t think the movie captured the fear as much has the book did. #4 And of course, the switching of character roles or elimination/addition of characters can make the film entirely different.